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During the 1950s, millions of American children got caught up in the Davy Crockett craze. Driven by the iconic Disney series starring Fess Parker, American cities and towns were soon crawling with kids sporting coonskin caps and toting long, toy rifles. Though most other children outgrew that trend, Paul Andrew Hutton never really did. “I just got hooked on everything about Davy Crockett and then the West,” Hutton said. “I read everything about it that I could as a kid.” Over the next several decades, he turned that passion into a career filled with accolades and achievements. He wrote and
Rebel. Prisoner. Leader. Nelson Mandela was all of these things and more. He led the fight against the injustice of the South African apartheid state and was jailed for nearly three decades because of it. Then, shortly after he was freed, he became the father of the “new” South Africa when he was democratically elected as president of the “rainbow nation.” Though he passed on in 2013, Mandela’s name and legacy endure both in his home country and around the world, thanks in part to programs like the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Several Big Ten universities are
The Big Ten Conference made quite a mark on the Peace Corps last year, as evidenced by the organization’s tally of volunteers by alma mater in 2015. Eight of the top 25 large universities (those with more than 15,000 undergraduates) were from the B1G, and the conference accounted for half of the top 10. Moreover, the University of Michigan was second on the list of volunteer-producing graduate schools. Wisconsin and Michigan are second- and fourth-place, respectively, on the list of all-time undergraduate volunteers (since 1961). Here’s a look at where Big Ten universities placed in 2015: 2. Wisconsin (68 undergraduate
A trailblazing African-American basketball player who grew up in the segregated South. A virtuoso musician who contributed several tunes to the Great American Songbook. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who changed the way war correspondents work, and died on the frontlines doing it. An author who wrote one of the most popular series of novels for young people in history. Walt Bellamy, Hoagy Carmichael, Ernie Pyle and Suzanne Collins might have led substantially different lives, but they’ve got two things in common: They made a huge mark on their respective fields, and they graduated from Indiana University. Hoosiers continue to make
For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. And that means finding a few books that provide a combination of mental diversion and stimulation during those long, hot, idle days. If you’re still looking for some titles to add to your list, LiveBIG has a few suggestions from authors who have a connection to the Big Ten Conference and represent its ideals of excellence and ingenuity in their work. It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War Afghanistan. The Congo. Iraq. Photojournalist and Wisconsin alumna Lynsey Addario photographed these and other global hotspots. Now,
Joel Washington has never let go of his dreams, and he hopes that his artwork inspires others to do the same. An employee of Indiana University for 27 years who currently serves as a custodian, Washington has been making artwork since he was a child. The primarily self-taught painter now has pieces hanging all over the Bloomington campus, including a portrait of jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery in the Indiana Memorial Union. Washington originally planned on painting the portrait for himself since he went to school with Montgomery’s kids while growing up in Indianapolis. However, after a request for a new
Yesterday, we shared a biographical sketch of Indiana University alum Tavis Smiley, who recently released the book “50 for Your Future: Lessons from Down the Road.” Written the year he turned 50, his goal for the book was to help younger readers find an authentic life without falling prey to common pressures caused by one’s own ego or modern society. In the instant bestseller, he set down 50 valuable life lessons, many of which were learned on IU’s campus in Bloomington. Here are a few he shared with BTN LiveBIG: Tavis Smiley on Aging and Time Smiley has long appreciated
Tavis Smiley is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest interviewers of our generation. He’s a best-selling author and one of the most popular media figures in America. Time Magazine named him one of “The World’s Most Influential People.” Not bad for someone who was raised in a trailer in Indiana. Smiley grew up poor with nine brothers and sisters, all of whom lived in a three-bedroom trailer with their parents. And though space was limited, dreams were not. “There were 13 people in that trailer. Mom. Dad. A maternal grandmother named Big Mama,” Smiley said. “Many of the life lessons